The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped down from the position last year, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Former president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has tested positive for the coronavirus. This was announced on Thursday from his official website.
“Currently, the First President of Kazakhstan is in self-isolation. Unfortunately, the last test… for the coronavirus infection showed a positive result. There is no cause for concern,” the statement said. Nazarbayev is “continuing to work remotely.”
Nazarbayev, who turns 80 next month, served as Kazakhstan’s president for close to three decades before handing the reins over to hand-picked successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev last year.
He retains a number of powerful positions in the authoritarian Central Asian country including the chairmanships of the national security council and the ruling party.
He is also constitutionally honoured as the “Leader of the Nation” — a designation that provides him with unique policy making privileges.